Bayhealth begins planning new health campus

January 1, 2013

A new era has begun at Bayhealth Milford Memorial. Bayhealth has launched the Master Facility Planning process for a state-of–the-art health campus. It will be located on the existing 20-acre property where the hospital has been serving the community since 1938. This venue provides the infrastructure, parking access and space necessary for the replacement facility. 

“The planning process begins with a thorough review of all services presently offered. We will look at all service areas and determine from a system level the need for expansion or growth which will encompass the growing demands of the community. Bayhealth continues its ongoing provider recruitment efforts to meet current and future clinical service demands,” explained Michael Ashton, administrator, Milford Memorial Hospital.

“As part of the Master Facility Planning process, we look forward to our continued partnership with the City of Milford and surrounding areas with the objective to position our campus to meet the community needs for many years to come. We will continue our focus at expanding acute and ambulatory services appropriately,” said Ashton. 

Ashton is experienced in such planning. Before coming to Milford in 2011, he was administrative director of the Medical Service Line for Wellspan Health in York, Pa. He had oversight of strategic planning, development, facility planning, construction and contracting for the service lines clinical departments and medical practices.

“A key element in completing a successful Master Facility Planning is our partnership with our medical staff. Their participation, involvement and feedback is crucial in the process. We believe in working together to achieve a shared vision that will deliver the service outcome the community needs and desires.” 

Ashton stated they hope to have the master plan done in the fall of 2013. Upon the conclusion of the Master Facility Planning, the design development with a detailed service-by-service programmatic planning and modeling of each service will occur. 

EwingCole, a nationally recognized, fully integrated architecture, engineering, interior design and planning firm, has been selected to assist with the Master Facility Planning. “EwingCole will foster our evaluation of the existing site and make recommendations about building locations and the overall use of the property. In addition, they will help assess how to optimize the location and our placement of services within our community,” Ashton said.

"It is important to note that work is being done behind the scenes because we want to make sure everything is taken into consideration. We want to get it right. We want to design and construct a facility that will meet the community’s needs for the next 50-plus years,” acknowledged Ashton. 

Heidi LeGates, director of Patient Care Services, is responsible for nursing care in the med-surg units, intermediate care and intensive care unit at Milford Memorial. LeGates, who has been with the organization for 31 years, said she is very excited about plans for the new hospital. 

"We have a great architectural firm working with us," she said. Construction will be in stages so the hospital can continue to provide care while new areas of construction are being built. 

"This will remain a community hospital. I'm proud to say that. Most care rendered to patients in the United States is in a community hospital setting." 

The staff at Milford Memorial is excellent, LeGates continued. "I take pride in our staff here. The level of care in this community hospital is just as good as what you can get in a university setting. In other words, you don't have to go to a big city to get quality medical care.” 

Bayhealth is committed to professional development including continued education, where clinicians (nurses, physicians, support staff) become experts in their respective fields. 

Bayhealth is also committed to investing in providing the appropriate resources and tools needed to deliver a standard of high-quality of care for our patients. As an example, LeGates stated, "We just replaced the intensive care monitors. We encourage staff input when choosing equipment. We want what's best for the patient." 

Ashton also expressed pride in what the Milford campus offers today. "We have a really great team here. It is an honor to hear from community members the positive things we do and also to hear where we have opportunities to train, educate, grow and develop as an organization. One of our core values is teamwork, which includes our caregivers, support services, medical staff, volunteers and our patients."

The goal, quite simply, is to minimize disruption to the community, medical staff and to our patients. Ashton continued, "We want to meet the needs of the community we serve and provide the best care we can have so that as an organization, we can live up to our vision and mission — to improve the health status of all members of the Bayhealth community.”


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